Respect The Power Of Language

Language has magic powers. It can provoke us, engage our hearts and minds, or convince us to believe in something. It can delight or frighten us, and move us to laughter or tears. It can admit us into the realm of someone else's imagination and make us care about the fortunes of people who do not exist.

The power of language in fiction derives from the seventeen qualities of narrative voice. Experiment with them; stretch yourself by trying out new modes of expression. Apply your lively curiosity to language and its powers and possibilities. Your reward will be a writer's voice with which you can make magic.

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